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NEWARK, Ohio — An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a 147 mph speeding ticket he received last month while riding his motorcycle along Interstate 70.
Trooper Jason E. Highsmith was off duty when he was pulled over on June 28.
Highsmith, 35, was riding alongside an off-duty Gahanna police officer, Christopher Thomas, who was clocked on his motorcycle at 149 mph, 10TV's Andy Hirsch reported.
The speed limit along the stretch of road were the pair were pulled over is 65 mph.
Highsmith admitted he made a mistake during his court appearance.
"I don't expect the court to have any leniency," Highsmith said. "What I did was 100 percent wrong."
Highsmith hoped to put the ordeal behind him by paying his $150 fine but a judge called his driving reckless and warned that Highsmith's license could be suspended for up to three years, Hirsch reported.
Thomas was scheduled to appear in court next week.
At this point, neither faces suspension or any other serious discipline at work, Hirsch reported.Stay with 10TV News
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Grove City police officer was placed on paid leave after he allegedly exposed himself inside a department store, 10TV News reported Tuesday.
Investigators said Officer Steven Howard, a 25-year veteran, exposed himself inside a Kohl's store, located at 1700 Morse Road, on Thursday, 10TV News reported.
Columbus police said they were notified by store security officers who saw Howard.
Howard is in charge of the Youth Services Bureau, but Grove City police officials said he did not have direct contact with children.Stay with 10TV News and 10TV.com